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05 Nov
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News9 – OK Democratic Party Calls For Investigation Into Fallin, Pruitt

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26 Oct
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ODP Statement on Fallin’s Announcement of Cuts to Oklahoma Agencies

Mary_Fallin[Oklahoma City, OK, October 26, 2015] Today Governor Fallin announced that government agencies should prepare to cut nonessential expenses by 10 percent. This is further proof that the Republican led legislature is incapable of governing at the most basic level. Their inability to project revenue within the margin of error allowed by the Oklahoma Constitution is a new low in Republican fiscal responsibility with continued unnecessary and painful cuts to essential public services.

This latest announcement highlights the irresponsibility of the Governor and Republicans in approving a tax cut despite knowing there would be a $600 million budget shortfall. This is further compounded by the fact that we now know next year’s budget shortfall could easily double to over $1 billion and because of that agencies will continue to receive even deeper cuts.

In Governor Fallin’s release she talks about protecting “essential services” and getting “ahead of this issue as we enter a difficult budget year.” The irony is the Governor, her department heads, and the Republican legislature failed to do exactly what she is now calling on agencies to do as a result of her deficiency.

Governor Fallin and legislative Republicans have long claimed to stand for fiscal responsibility. Today’s announcement further underscores how far their empty political rhetoric is from the truth.

26 Oct
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Statement on Fallin’s Announcement of Cuts to Oklahoma Agencies

[Oklahoma City, OK, October 26, 2015] Today Governor Fallin announced that government agencies should prepare to cut nonessential expenses by 10 percent. This is further proof that the Republican led legislature is incapable of governing at the most basic level. Their inability to project revenue within the margin of error allowed by the Oklahoma Constitution is a new low in Republican fiscal responsibility with continued unnecessary and painful cuts to essential public services.

This latest announcement highlights the irresponsibility of the Governor and Republicans in approving a tax cut despite knowing there would be a $600 million budget shortfall. This is further compounded by the fact that we now know next year’s budget shortfall could easily double to over $1 billion and because of that agencies will continue to receive even deeper cuts.

In Governor Fallin’s release she talks about protecting “essential services” and getting “ahead of this issue as we enter a difficult budget year.” The irony is the Governor, her department heads, and the Republican legislature failed to do exactly what she is now calling on agencies to do as a result of her deficiency.

Governor Fallin and legislative Republicans have long claimed to stand for fiscal responsibility. Today’s announcement further underscores how far their empty political rhetoric is from the truth.

12 Oct
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Statement on Indigenous Peoples Day

[Oklahoma City, OK, October 12, 2015] While today is the traditional observance of Columbus Day, numerous Native American tribes, cities, states, colleges, and people across the country are instead working to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day. Here in Oklahoma, several tribal nations, the City of Anadarko, and the University of Oklahoma have all made it an official holiday and the Oklahoma City Council will bring the proposal to a final vote on Tuesday, October 13th.

Indigenous Peoples Day is about recognizing the importance of Native American heritage, to honor culture and traditions, to celebrate the unique contributions of our Native American tribes to our great country, and to remember and reflect on our shared history. Because of that shared history, we should all learn about past injustices and ensure that we don’t allow them to happen again.

The Oklahoma Democratic Party strives to seek liberty and justice for all of our citizens. By recognizing Indigenous People’s Day, we believe that we can all work together in being proactive in unifying all Oklahomans.

08 Oct
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Calls for Independent Investigation

[Oklahoma City, OK, October 8, 2015] Today another disturbing revelation came out about Oklahoma’s incompetence when it comes to carrying out the death penalty. The nation continues to watch these embarrassing events unfold and this is just the latest in a long line of failures of the Fallin administration.

Responding to an investigation by The Oklahoman that found the Department of Corrections failed to follow protocol in the January execution of Charles Warner, Governor Fallin said she is “fully supportive of” an inquiry into the Warner execution launched by the Attorney General. Fallin believes that this inquiry will provide Pruitt’s office with information needed to “make sure justice is served competently and fairly,” but we wonder how that is possible when the execution in question happened more than nine months ago.

On October 1st, Alex Weintz, the Governor’s spokesman, said “There was never any question of whether this drug [potassium acetate] was effective or whether it would achieve the same outcome” regarding the stayed execution of Richard Glossip.

In May 2014, former Representative and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Joe Dorman called for a blue ribbon panel be formed under the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to investigate the botched execution of Clayton Lockett. At the time, Fallin dismissed that idea as political, yet now she has hired an outside counsel to investigate these latest mishaps.

The Oklahoma Democratic Party now calls for an independent investigation into the execution practices and procedures of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

“This is just another example of the hypocrisy and incompetence we have come to expect from Governor Fallin & Attorney General Pruitt,” said Oklahoma Democratic Party Interim Executive Director Russell Griffin. “The people of Oklahoma deserve better from their elected leaders. The Governor and her administration have had well over a year to get this right yet, once again, we are presented with evidence that they can’t or won’t. It is past time for there to be an independent investigation into the Department of Corrections and its execution protocols. We no longer trust that the Governor or Attorney General can handle the jobs they were elected to do. When even The Oklahoman Editorial Board says that this embarrassment needs to stop, Governor Fallin needs to realize she has once again failed to lead.”